Earth Day was 27 March 2010. And as part of Earth Day there was the lights out Earth Hour initiative. A billion people in 4000 cities worldwide turned off their lights for 1 hour. The Earth Hour event was declared a success.
Since I sell environmentally friendly products, I go to a lot of “green” events. And the week before and after Earth Day was chock full of events. Everyone was trying to ride the “go green” wave and to capitalize on the interest and focus on going green. We had the illusion that many supported the save energy, save the earth, save the environment, save the planet movement. That was the end of March.
But what happened in the next 30 days?
25 people died in the West Virgina coal mine tragedy
Oil spill near Australia
And the now infamous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the resulting BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
The BP’s oil spill is the biggest ever in the United States, but it’s not the biggest in history – yet. The largest oil spill was intentionally caused by Iraq in 1991 during the Persian Gulf war. We can certainly find fault with British Petroleum in this disaster. But the US government is not blameless either. BP is trying to stop the flow and clean up the oil that has already spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, Who know how much oil will continue to spill into the gulf and for how long? This oil spill doesn’t take first place honors yet, but it could get there.
And Earth Day kicked off a month full of disasters…
It’s good to support local farmers. It helps the local economy. And since there is a shortage of farmers, anything we can do to encourage farming nationally or locally would be helpful to our futures and our future physical health.
One theory is that your body has adapted to works best if you eat food and produce that are ripe in your area. So in summer you eat the foods that are harvested in the summer in your region of the country. That was a healthy way of eating in the past. But with people moving around so much, I’m not sure that theory is practical or meaningful.
Then there is the subject of organics, which I wrote about in my prior post. Those who feel very strongly about organics believe that it is better to eat organic foods that may have to be transported than to eat local foods that are not organic.
In Georgia we have the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. Let’s support local farmers and get organic food at the same time! Check out the Organics Directory
So, when my money gets tight, as it is for so many in America these days, I struggle with the decision to pay the extra price for organic produce. I believe toxins and pesticides are killing us and causing cancer and other diseases. And in the long run, avoidance of health issues saves me money. Not to mention the benefits to health, well being and quality of life that come from eating a healthy diet filled with pure, unadulterated, non-genetically modified food. My body know what to do with food. It does not necessarily know how to process the chemicals and toxins we put on and in our food.
I found a great site to encourage me hold to the organic path.
BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill is still in the news and will continue to be because the oil continues to flow into the gulf. In the aftermath of the oil spill disaster and the aftermath of grilling of BP executives by the US Congress and President Obama, what’s the really important question?
How to clean up the oil spill?
People from universities and private companies and even Hollywood have submitted solutions. I’ve heard criticisms about BP not responding to suggestions very quickly. It takes a lot of time. Rational people would have to know that BP and the rest of the oil industry would like the spill to be cleaned up yesterday. The environmentalists want the oil cleaned up. Everyone in the gulf region would like an oil spill cleanup solution. And seafood lovers want to avoid the escalating prices that the oil spill will cause. The cost is high in terms of finances, the economy and in terms of quality of life.
When I think of the environmental, global warming, eco-friendly movement, I think of nice friendly people who love nature, want to reduce pollution, support earth sustainability. Promote health and want world peace. So the concept of law breakers and criminals in the environmental movement was shocking. But on second thought the idea is not so radical. Those who care deeply and want to bring about change often feel justified in using disruptive, criminal and even violent measures to accomplish their goals. “By any means necessary.” To quote Malcolm X.
Some people have sustainable green agendas that they think warrant crimes. I’d rate these crimes as minor and just nuisances. But there are ways to “Go Green” without breaking laws.Check out this intriguing article
Tis the season for good ripe strawberries. Good for eating. A great source of vitamin C, so strawberries are good for nutrition. Many joke about the SAD diet that the average person in the United States eats – the Standard American Diet, that is. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has been telling Americans that they should eat 5 serving of fruits and vegetables a day. The CDC has recently modified nutritional recommendation – there’s not just one formula for optimum health. Each body is different. So, the CDC has developed a handy vegetable and fruit calculator. But even without a calculator, I would venture to say that most, if not everyone I know, needs to eat more vegetables and fruits.
Did you know: Strawberries have benefits beyond just ingesting them? I’m now finding out that strawberries can be used to solve personal care issues – naturally.
The skin is the biggest organ in the body. Whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. If you believe this, you’ll opt for organic strawberries. Why add chemicals and toxins while you’re trying to do something good for your body?
Donzella James. (Senator, Georgia State 35th District) told me about the Going The Green Mile event on April 10, 2010 in Atlanta. I had to go the extra mile to get details about the event. There was no clear path or easy to find information about the event. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had the yellow brick road to show her the way. I had to use Google. I figured it has something to do with environmental issues. Much of the information I found was in jpeg format, meaning it was a picture. I also found a website with nice pictures with no details. But alas… I got the details anyway:
Going The Green Mile Expo & Green Idol Concert Saturday, April 10th
At Atlantic Station
9am to 4pm
Then my dilemma was what’s “Green Idol”?
And what’s the connection between a green expo and a website called www.pupilinternational.org?
The obvious assumption is that “pupil” refers to some sort of student group. Not exactly. People Uplifting People In Life, Inc. or PUPIL is a 501 (c) organization. And PUPIL deals with mentoring and empowering youth and young adults.
Then there’s the idol part. I would venture to say everyone in the United States a knows about the popular American Idol TV show, even if they don’t watch it. And American Idol certainly attracted attention in the United Kingdom and other places internationally when the British lady Susan Boyle appeared on the American Idol show in 2009. Simon Cowell and the audience smirked and laughed before they were totally awed by the unassuming but immensely talented Susan Boyle. The show’s popularity shows how much attention Americans give to entertainment and things of little importance.
Those interested in green, environmentally friendly issues, don’t fit that mold. They care about the environment. They care about the planet earth. They care about the air we breathe. They care about animals. They care about the world that future generations will inherit. They honor and respect people, life, and the earth and the earth’s resources. They believe the actions of man impact the environment and climate change. They want to save our environment The “going green” group is willing to take action to improve the planet and everything in it.
Do you think the “Going The Green Mile Expo & Green Idol Concert” will help?
I sent a twitter tweet about Earth Hour which was March 27, 2010 at 8 pm. I guess with my
email overload situation I missed all the buzz about Earth Hour until the day before.
According toSoutheastGreen.comAtlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was the official Honorary Chair
for Earth Hour Atlanta. And there were major corporations and organizations participating
and supporting the initiative to have lights turned off from 8 pm to 9pm on Saturday March 27.
It was a big to-do in the metro Atlanta viewing area! Official Building Lights Out Count: 706